Baby Chicken

This is my most recently finished beaded piece. He is made with a thrift shop baby doll head, a chicken dog toy, a recycled wooden plant box, apoxie sculpt clay, and is covered in size 11 seed beads.

Baby Chicken, Kiny McCarrick mixed media sculpture – 2015

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Skull Horse

I’m focusing only on beaded sculpture right now. I put off beadwork for years because I was getting tired of the flat 2d box I felt I was in. Sculpture has solved that. It is pure pleasure to create and I’m very inspired.

This one is created with found objects, seed beads, apoxie sculpt clay, a raccoon skull and solder.

Skull Horse

Six years ago today

Six years ago today I was finishing up these embroidered beadwork pieces to show at a Sacramento gallery, Blooming Art. I had fifteen pieces in that show and still have to find the rest of the photos. These popped up on my facebook Timehop app today and I was so happy to see them!

Hand beaded and framed, they looked great on the gallery walls. This was a fun show for me though making the pieces became difficult as my Aunt got sick and was dying toward the end of the process. I was having a hard time with it, the creativity started waning and that’s when the robots came into play. My last 3 pieces were robots.

Kiny McCarrick Beadwork
Kiny McCarrick Beadwork

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metal and glass

I was looking for something other than the typical crystals and stones to add to my metal jewelry. I went for a search in the garage and discovered some of my old glass paintings. I KNEW I would use them someday… hammer, check! Safety glasses, check! I used the copper tape stained glass technique and began creating. I LIKE them…

Glass, metal, enamel and solder.
Glass, metal, enamel and solder.
painted glass and metal
painted glass and metal

 

Beaded torso

Last year I decided that 2d flat beadwork was getting to be too limiting for my ideas. I had been sewing beadwork on fabric for wall hangings since the early 90’s with some years of non production sprinkled in. Beadwork is exhausting. I decided to try sculptural beadwork with glue rather than sewing. Of course I was thinking it would be “so much easier”. I did a huichol inspired toy car I stole from one of my kids. Then I grabbed a ceramic bird, flipped the beads upright, and proceeded to work out a technique, learning through trial and error. Here is my first large piece in progress. I am 167 hours in so far. I have decided it’s going to be added to a wooden alter to stabilize the plastic body from moving or flexing. Go BIG!

Beaded torso in progress.
Beaded torso in progress.
Close up of the size 11 seed beads.
Close up of the size 11 seed beads.

metal work

I Love metal. It’s a new medium for me. I now have 4 soldering guns, two torches, a flux core welder and am pondering getting an oxy/acetylene torch to do cutting and brazing. Creating with metal just feels good.

Metal mold making with carved Plaster of paris.
Metal mold making with carved Plaster of paris.
Melting metal into a mold using a butane torch.
Melting metal into a mold using a butane torch.
Silver solder heart with molded metal drop.
Silver solder heart with molded metal drop.
Welding!
Welding!